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Go Green, Eat the Bean

Everyone knows that oranges come from Florida, and apples from Washington. But here’s a question: Where does the vegetable edamame (pronounced e-də-’mä-mā) come from?…

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Then There Was Arkansas

Twenty-five years is a long time to teach band in one place. But that’s what Steve Baskin did, in Huntsville, Arkansas, where legions of…

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Big Burly Bearded Guys

Scott Hutcheson sits in a coffee shop in Fayetteville, Arkansas, his MacBook, covered in stickers, open in front of him. He is a big,…

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Janet’s Bizarre Bazaar

Jennifer Canada is forty years old and lives in Fort Smith in a house that used to belong to her late mother, Janet. The…

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From Saint Boniface to the CIA

E. A. Allen says his life as a CIA Intelligence Officer, historian, teacher, and writer began in the shadows of Saint Boniface Church and…

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The Little Juice Shop That Could

Wilson Wood, who’s thirty-one, recently opened Native Nectar – a juice shop – in the same shopping center as Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville,…

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Mob Boss of The Chicken Mafia

As Cody Sosebee flies over Las Vegas, he thinks about home. Earlier today he woke at dawn, pulled on his overalls and muck boots…

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Doc

Stoney Stamper is the author of the popular parenting blog, The Daddy Diaries. He and his wife April have three daughters: Abby, Emma and…

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All God’s Creatures

Leaves are whipping across the street just outside Bill Rebsamen’s Fort Smith, Arkansas home. In the days to come a foot of snow will…

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Letters Home

In 1944, when the world was at war, the draft found Austin “Skinny” Bell Swearingen. At eighteen, he’d seen little outside of Cecil, Arkansas,…